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Honor Code Bumped from Derby Trail


By Dick Downey
@Downey Profile
Updated 3:27 p.m. ET

Mike Welsch of DRF.com tweeted Sunday afternoon that Honor Code is off the Derby trail with a slight tear in his right hind upper suspensory ligament.

According to the tweet, trainer Shug McGaughey told Welsch that Honor Code will be re-evaluated in 60 days.

"It will heal," said McGaughey of Honor Code's injury. "We'll give it 60 days and then re-evaluate it."

Honor Code breezed yesterday at Gulfstream Park and was said to be pointing to the Wood Memorial on April 5. He has raced only once this year, defeated by Social Inclusion in a break-through performance.

The highlight of Honor Code's career came in November when he narrowly defeated Cairo Prince in the Remsen Stakes. Overall, he has two wins from four career starts, including a second-place finish in the Champagne Stakes in his second start.

Owned by Lane's End Racing & Dell Ridge Farm LLC, Honor Code was bred in Kentucky by Dell Ridge Farm.

It's the second major Kentucky Derby prospect McGaughey has lost to injury this year. Top Billing went off the Derby Road with a cracked cannon bone in his right front leg on March 8. He had surgery at Rood and Riddle in Kentucky soon after the injury. He's owned by Lane's End's William S. Farish and E. J. Hudson, Jr.

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